I’ve tried to catch most of SG1 through season five now (syndicated) and just watched the episode ‘Red Sky.’ What strikes me was the negative slant by O’Neill specifically regarding the faith of the planet inhabitants. Jackson said their religion was sort of an evolution of Norse mythology. I thought it was more reflective of Christianity in dogma and practical worship mirroring somewhat current Episcopal/Catholic faiths. Science fiction in general has ‘rejected’ traditional religious beliefs (humanistic in its approach) and often replaced it with pseudoscience or advanced alien intelligence. In the Stargate world, my understanding is that both Gould and Asgard use to their advantages ALREADY established belief systems on worlds they affect. I can’t particularly think of a case where they establish a belief system themselves (though this may have happened particularly with the Gould’s.) In the movie Ra simply became a god that the proto-Egyptians on Abydos already worshipped. In ‘Demons’ (based on synopsis) Christianity was already established as a faith in the peoples and the Gould ‘took’ over from there. This plot point however drives a general atheistic viewpoint of reality. SG1 typically (cynical O’Neill in particular) with humor or even blasé glosses over religious constructs knowing the ‘truth’ about aliens pretending to be who they are not. Current religious faith seems to be based on false pretensions. Believers can look ignorant and even foolish. It was especially glaring in the ‘Red Sky’ episode when O’Neill tries to explain the Asgard ‘deception’ saying something to the effect ‘You don’t need a god why don’t you just think for yourselves.’ A blatantly humanistic cry. It’s apparent SG1 often criticizes the abuses of religion or comments on what the writers believe to be fallacies of faiths (and these are good points to ponder/debate.) However does it (can it?) complement the good of a strong religious belief system? The SG1 world pulls foundational themes from religion but what can it put back in good measure?